Nick Hundley has enjoyed his first year with the Rockies, but it was announced yesterday that he’ll get an early start on his offseason due to a cervical strain in his neck.
Hundley has been sidelined since September 6. According to Andrew Erickson of MLB.com, the veteran backstop will receive treatment over the next two weeks and hopes to begin his offseason workout routine at the beginning of October. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year.
“Obviously, there’s been better news in my career, but at the same time, I get a couple weeks of treatment going into the offseason,” Hundley said. “I think it’s just one of those things where I won’t be back this year. The timing of it is interestingm but if it’s going to happen towards the end of the year, it’s better to have it happen at the end of the year than in the middle.”
Hundley joined the Rockies on a two-year, $6.25 million contract last winter. After posting a .610 OPS from 2012-2014, he bounced back this season by batting .301 with 10 home runs and an .807 OPS over 389 plate appearances. Playing in Coors Field has really agreed with him, as he posted a .956 OPS at home compared to a .630 OPS on the road.
MLB announced Saturday morning that Cardinals catcher Cody Stanley has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The drug? Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. You can bet I copy and pasted that one.
Stanley, 26, has appeared in nine games with the Cardinals this season and was recently included among their September call-ups. His season is now over. The Cardinals have called up catcher Ed Easley to take his place on the active roster.
This isn’t Stanley’s first run-in with performance-enhancing drugs. He was previously suspended 50 games as a minor leaguer in 2012 after testing positive for Methlhexaneamine and Tamoxifen.
Yoenis Cespedes might not be the National League MVP, but he continues to do some ridiculous things with the first-place Mets.
Cespedes was at it again last night against the Braves, going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. He collected an RBI double in the third inning before launching a monster two-run homer in the ninth. Check it out below:
Cespedes is now up to 33 home runs and 100 RBI on the year. He has 15 home runs and 39 RBI in his 38 games with the Mets. This includes seven home runs in 10 games this month. And remember, Cespedes was essentially the Mets’ fourth choice before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. After the Carlos Gomez trade fizzled due to concerns over his physical, the team made inquiries into Jay Bruce of the Reds and Justin Upton of the Padres before acquiring Cespedes from the Tigers. It’s working out pretty well.
Mets manager Terry Collins said after Friday’s game that things are just too easy for Cespedes right now: